Bjork, LTNT & Sons Of Alpha Centauri
Venue: The Garage, LondonDate: 22 October 2014
Wednesday, the 22nd of October, The Garage in London hosted
Brant Bjork presents Low Desert Punk, a gig full of
psychedelic rock that deserves to be quoted “The closest
thing we’ll get to seeing the Hendrix Experience” as
Aussie rag put it on Brant’s website. Can’t be, you
think? Well it can and we not only have written evidence but
also a nice surprise in this review that we’re sure
before we get to the cherry on top of this cake, let us
introduce the supporting acts to you. That night Sons Of
Alpha Centauri and LTNT warmed up the audience to a
performance they would never forget. Sons of Alpha
Centauri’s sound reminded me of Stoned Jesus. Very
atmospheric and calm music that created its own magic and a
strong as well as sometimes frightening drum beat.
on the other hand sounded a bit different. Their guitar
riffs at times reminded of something Tony Iommi would play
and were combined with vocals that reminded a bit of
newcomer bands like Blackwolf and Leogun as well as classics
like The Doors, with the singer even looking a bit like Jim
Morrison. But don’t be fooled into thinking LTNT would be
like any other newcomer band because they did manage to
surprise with a song that sounded a bit more experimental,
like something Frank Zappa might come up with. During the
set the crowd headbanged but all in all received LTNT very
positively with loud cheering at the end of their set.
Then the moment came when Brant Bjork and his band went on stage, already having a bit of a 70s vibe just in the way they dressed. When they finally started playing it was exactly how I would have imagined The Jimi Hendrix Experience live, living the music with every fiber of their body, feeling every pluck of a note or bend like in a haze that would quickly spread onto the audience. It did sooner or later and the crowd’s response who nearly filled the whole venue, was very positive. It felt like they were enjoying the gig as much as Brant Bjork and his band did with some dedicated fans hanging onto every sung word and moving along to every strung note.
every song evoked loud cheering and close to the end of the
set a little mosh-pit formed near the front and a loud “we
want more!” filled the venue right after the set had
finished animating the band for an encore. No surprise at
all considering the excitement with which Brant Bjork
emerged in his music, smiling throughout the set like a
child that had just received a present it had always wished
I ever made a list of gigs you should at least attend once
in your life, this would be one of them. Brant Bjork’s
music is great on record but once you see it live, it’s so
mesmerizing that you can’t look away even if you wanted
to. It’s talent mixed with a love for music and a little
bit of 70s hippie-ness that will make you leave the venue
with a big, satisfied smile on your beautiful face.
To not miss another Brant Bjork gig, follow him on Facebook or Twitter to stay up-to-date, it’ll be worth it. For more infos on the supporting acts click here for their Facebook pages: Sons of Alpha Centauri, LTNT.
Review by: Anna Zurek
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